Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Four Videos Of Tsepo Tshola (Lesotho, Southern Africa vocalist)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases four videos of the Southern Africa vocalist Tsepo Tshola and provides information about that artist.

The content of this post is presented for cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to Tsepo Tshola for his musical legacy. Thanks also to all others who are featured in these videos and thanks to the featured to all those who are quoted in this post and the publishers of these examples on YouTube.

Tsepo Tshola was the lead vocalist and composer with the Lesotha band "Sankomota". Here's information about that band from
"Sankomota is a band from the 'mountain kingdom' of Lesotho. The band (originally named Uhuru) was formed around 1976 and consisted of several members in its earliest years, namely - Frank Leepa (guitarist, vocalist, arranger, composer), Moss Nkofo (drummer), Black Jesus (percussion), Moruti Selate, Tšepo Tšola (lead vocalist, composer), Pitso Sera (guitar), among others. Peter Schneider managed the band in its early years till 1979."

Origin: Maseru, Lesotho
Genres: Afro-Jazz, Rock fusion
"Lesotho... officially the Kingdom of Lesotho, is a landlocked country completely surrounded by South Africa. It is just over 30,000 km2 (11,583 sq mi) in size and has a population slightly over two million.[1] Its capital and largest city is Maseru. Lesotho is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. The name Lesotho translates roughly into the land of the people who speak Sesotho."

Category World Albums, Jazz CDs
Tsepo Tshola - Village Pope CD
Product Description
"Village Pope album for sale by Tsepo Tshola was released Apr 09, 2002 on the EMI Special Imports label. Following his split with Sankomota in 1992, Tsepo Tshola started work in a demo studio and an enormous volume of material was recorded, tested and researched. In March 1993, Tsepo and his procuder Dumisani Dlamini selected ten of the best tracks. Village Pope CD music contains a single disc with 10 songs."
"Village Pope" is a nickname given to Tsepo Tshola.

[review of 2002 album Tshepo Tshola “A New Dawn”]
"IT was one of the most anticipated albums of 2002 and 'A New Dawn', the just-released new offering from Tsepo “The Village Pope" Tshola, more than delivers on its promise to return this much-loved artist to the centrestage of the southern African music scene...

At once warm, intimate and personal, 'A New Dawn' is not only a return to form for the man who first captured the public’s imagination as the leader of seminal eighties Afrobeat group, Sankomota. It marks, as the artist says, a “whole new face" for Tshola, shifting the singer onto fresh musical ground and cementing him in a lyrical foundation that is poignant, moving and riveting."...

These examples are presented in chronological order based on their publishing date on YouTube with the oldest dated examples given first.

WARNING: The photograph slide in Example #1 includes several photos of topless women.

Example #1: Tshepo Tshola - Joala

Medmonmak, Uploaded on Feb 24, 2008

Renowned Tswana-Sotho jazz and gospel singer. Ngoana oa Mosotho a Moshoeshoe
MyMamosa, 2011
"Beautiful music from the Kingdom of Lesotho....Not Tswana at all!! wondering why they uploaded these irrelevant pictures, instead of the beautiful people and landscapes of Lesotho???"

Example #2: SA Music Legends PJ Powers duet with Tshepo Tshola

Tebogo Sehume Uploaded on Nov 11, 2008

PJ Powers sings this old classic with Tshepo Tshola of sankomota.
creamdonald, Aug 9, 2009
"honestly, PJ POwers she is one of the best musician south africa have ever produced and to be a south african singing during hard times when people of south africa were politicaly divided,ridiculed, forced to abandon their country. i like you PJ your music and the way you are. shine Pj !shine!"

nkozwanancNov 7, 2010
the message carried by the song is so powerful and the focus on education needs to be a top priority here in Africa...

Tebogo Sehume, 2012
"the name of the song is 'right to learn' :)"

Thiza Bisto, 2013
"'Everybody has a dream,we all have the right to learn. Give the children education'. I wish today's children could hear this song to their hearts and think how hard we work to pay tax so that they can know how government invest in their future which they dim day by day. This is a song to play for my kids each and everyday of their school days till their well runs dry by this song. THIS IS A CLASSIC FOR ME SINCE DAY ONE I HEARD IT UNTIL THERE WILL BE NO SCHOOLS IN SOUTH AFRICA. Big up PJ & Bra T."

Example #3: Tshepo Tshola "WhenThe Roll is called up Yonder", and "Shine your light"

Tebogo Sehume Uploaded on Dec 11, 2009

Tshepo Tshola "WhenThe Roll is called up Yonder", and "Shine your light"

Example #4: Vuyo Mokoena Tribute by Tshepo Tshola

Tebogo Sehume, Uploaded on Dec 13, 2009

Vuyo Mokoena Tribute by Tshepo Tshola
Vuyo Mokoena was a beloved South African religious singer

Comment: Norton Duke, 2013
"Tebogo sehume this is a hymn composed based on Job's story. Job is the man who indeed said ''Its well'' despite tough times. I was really touched by the stories shared by people based on this song. I am very touched by inspired. Hard time force us to change the way we look at life. All that we see is temporary, like all the animals we will compound with the soil eventually. The Xhosa hymn of the same message says ''Mayenzek'i ntando yakho''. Bless you all mightily!"

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